RVIA Economic Impact Study

The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.

Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .

RV Supplier Expo Moves to Elkhart Airport

Thu May 23, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155362933615574.pngThe RV Supplier and Vendor Expo is returning for its second run during the Elkhart Open House. This year the exhibition will be held Sept. 23-26 at the Elkhart Municipal Airport, seven miles west of the RV/MH Hall of Fame, where it set up shop in a tent in 2018.

Organizer Randall Jeremiah describes the site as a “campus” with more than 400,000 square feet of inside and outside display space available. He says the exhibition is ahead of last year’s pace in terms of registered exhibitors and he expects more than 100 companies to participate.

Exhibitors will include suppliers, insurance and financial firms and training companies. Food trucks will also operate at the site during the expo.

“With the Hall of Fame doing their exhibition this year, we decided we needed a place of our own,” Jeremiah says. “The airport will be convenient for dealers who fly into Elkhart. There is lots of space and it will be a nice permanent space for us. We wanted to expand our draw.”

The expo will also offer space to about 10 small- to medium-sized OEMs, Jeremiah says.
“Having space where some of the smaller OEM guys can exhibit in a convenient way will benefit the industry overall,” he says.